Power surge blows Toowoomba away
MCDONALDS Gladstone Port City Power men's side made it successive wins with a tough 105-90 victory in a physical QBL match on Saturday night at Kev Broome Stadium.
Ray Willis led the way with 33 points, but he was not alone with Jake and Tyler Allen combining with 46 points and Marvin Williams (21 points) was in control of the offensive posts.
Chris Whitehead (34 points) silenced the crowd with six points inside the opening three minutes of the game and the visitors began with a tough in-your-face defence.
Marvin Williams made most of the defence sagging back to knock down a basket to get the hosts in sync.
The stadium erupted twice - firstly with a monstrous Williams dunk and then a Willis rejection.
Williams again had the roaring crowd on its feet with a three-point play which put Power ahead 13-12 for the first time.
Toowoomba's Aron Pantano's (20 points) baseline triple drew level scores, but a neat three-point shot from Dylan Owen was the perfect response.
The Power wrested the visitor's early momentum when Willis drained another triple to have the hosts six-point ahead and riding on the crowd's energy.
The ungainly Pantano shot a brace of triples and then Charles Dickerson received a clever pass from Whitehead to get it to 37-32.
Gladstone then went on an 11-4 run on the back of a Tyler Allen triple and tough baskets from Jake Allen, Willis and Williams.
The latter then applied a fierce block shot on an unsuspecting Charles Dickerson.
Whitehead then showed his magic with a brilliant reverse lay-up to make it 50-46 and when Jason Edneter and Pantano (again) connected for threes, it was game on and the visitors drew on their resilience to get scores on even keel at half time.
Whitehead left off from where he began with a brace of buckets to get Toowoomba out by four points.
Willis responded with a fade-away triple for 56-55.
After Whitehead made another two-pointer, Jake Allen's triple got the crowd back in voice
He took ownership of the match in a three-minute stretch which included three tough drives to the iron and then a baseline swish which was all net and suddenly Power were 67-58 ahead.
It blew out to a 14-point lead with Tyler Allen and Willis joining the chorus with the Power back in tune.
The party theme continued with massive dunks from Willis and Williams to have the joint rocking at the start of the final quarter.
The so-called professional discussion that Gladstone Power were to finish rock bottom of the QBL ladder have been blown into oblivion in pretty much the same manner it had sent Toowoomba further south in the league rankings.
McDonalds Gladstone Port City Power 105 (Willis 33, T Allen 29, M Williams 21, J Allen 17) d Toowoomba 90 (Whitehead 34, E Maxey 24, A Pantano 20)